Newcastle’s impressive surge up the Premier League table took many people by surprise this season but, as we often see in this league, staying there is much more difficult when the hectic festive programme sets in.
Newcastle have now gone five games without a win, picking up just two points from a possible 15. Prior to their 0-0 draw with Swansea on Saturday they had conceded 11 goals in their last four matches and the serious injury to centre-back Steven Taylor is a major blow for Alan Pardew’s men.
Despite their shaky recent form, however, Newcastle have still only lost at home once all season, so an away win, priced at 33/10 with bwin, might be a tall order for the Baggies. There is certainly enough evidence to suggest that West Brom could leave the north-east with a point, though.
While West Brom would be 16th in a table based only on home results, they would jump to the giddy heights of seventh in a table that was based only on away results. Saturday’s win at Blackburn added to victories earlier in the season at Aston Villa and Norwich, and they have lost just once in their last five away games.
Their recent record against Newcastle at St James’ Park also suggests that they could be decent bets to pick up at least a point.
While West Brom would be 16th in a table based only on home results, they would jump to the giddy heights of seventh in a table that was based only on away results.
A 2-2 draw in the Championship in 2009/10 was followed by a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Premier League last season, so they have shown that they have what it takes to score at a venue where Newcastle have kept three clean sheets so far this season.
A draw on Wednesday night is priced at 5/2, which means punters who stake their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome stand to win £87.50 if successful.
For those who don’t have the same amount of faith in West Brom as I do, Newcastle are priced at 17/20 to return to winning ways with a home victory and, if you fancy a more quirky punt, a repeat of last season’s 3-3 draw between the sides is on offer at 66/1.
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